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The American South During Civil War

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The American South, had a social system which was distinct in many ways. There was an economy relative to

  the region, where class structure and a system of racial differences which caused the South to become

  unique to the rest of the nation. Historians such as James Henretta have said that Capitalism was the

  cause of all evil within the American South. American Capitalism defined by Max Weber is “ a greed for

  gain”, and “acquisition by force, ... whether directly in war or in the form [of] exploitation of

  subjects”.   This type of lifestyle within a growing nation could not work with the gentry class which was

  moving into the region unless there was people to do the work on the farms for them. At first there were

  indentured servants, but this system of work only worked for a limited time as these servants would work

  their time of servitude and then leave on their own. The American farmer in the south needed more control

  on their workers and needed to know that they ( the worke!

  rs ) weren’t going to just leave and start up their own farm for themselves. Thus the manipulation of

  slave labor became the answer for capitalism, and from the use of black slave labor,   tension began to

  rise between the slaves brought from Africa, and the land holders of the South.

  Tension between Slaves and land owners have been strong in the South for many years, and one

  might say that the cause of it is the ways of which the Black slaves of plantations and farms were

  treated. The founders of the Carolina colonies were not only interested in the use of slaves in the

  solution of their labor problems of too much work not enough workers, but they had a very big material

  interest.   The use of slave labor, was a coerced, cash-crop system of labor from which slavery became an

  economic necessity because...


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